I'm doing some 2D pencil diagrams (CUD - computer-unaided design).(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

So I've got a square in perspective (2 point perspective but 1 point perspective is good enough). Now I want to draw an ellipse within it, so that the ellipse is properly tangential to all four midpoints of the square. I have an ellipse template to help draw the ellipses.

I know that you can't just align the long axis and short axis of the ellipse to the diagonals of the square (especially since it will be impossible - the square's diagonals are not perpendicular).

I know you have to offset the angle to the ellipse so that it looks right (lies in the same plane as the square).

Is there a formula for what angle one would offset an ellipse's axes to get it to sit right? (A long calculation would not be much good - I'm looking for a shortcut.)

Any takers?

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# Tech drawing - ellipses in perspective

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